A nightmare scenario straight out of a scary movie happened to a Morganton, North Carolina, woman after a stranger showed up at her home around 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 12. The trespasser tried to open her door, and when that didn't work, she started banging on the door.
The homeowner recounted the terrifying experience to WBTV.
“It’s me. My boyfriend dropped me off," the stranger reportedly told the homeowner when she answered the door. "We got into a fight and I need to use the phone.”
The trespasser said her name was Stacey, but the homeowner didn’t know a “Stacey” and refused to let the strange woman in, telling her to find another phone.
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Unbeknownst to the homeowner, “Stacey” was not the only person waiting outside her home. After seeing her security camera video, she discovered that a man had been waiting at the bottom of her steps.
The man was wearing a “Scream” mask.
“At that time we hadn’t watched them walk up on the recorder," the homeowner told WBTV. "So we had no idea this guy was waiting."
She added that after she told the female stranger she couldn't use the phone, the trespasser started acting shady and wouldn't show her face.
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"I just knew something wasn’t right about it," the homeowner added.
The homeowner did not contact law enforcement, but Charlotte-Mecklenburg officer, Chris Kopp, told WBTV that contacting authorities is the first step one should take if they’re in a similar scenario.
In addition, Kopp recommends not trusting the chain attached to the door to protect you from intruders kicking in the door, telling trespassers that someone is at home (such as turning on the porch light), and telling the intruder you will call 911.
The homeowner is now warning her community never to open their doors to strangers.
You can watch the surveillance footage here.
The police department in Indianapolis also suggested never opening your door to strangers after a similarly scary incident in 2014. At that time, a stranger reportedly knocked on an Indianapolis resident's door saying he was collecting money for a police fundraiser, WISH-TV reported.
After the resident realized the stranger was lying, he closed the door. The stranger, however, then pounded on the door. When the resident opened it again, he or she (the individual was not identified in the news story) was hit in the head and knocked to the ground.